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Danny Duffy twirls a gem in a no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy twirled a gem at home on Thursday against the Indians, but the bullpen was unable to maintain a slim lead, as he was unable to factor into the decision. The left-hander permitted two hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven shutout frames.

Over his last two starts covering 12 2/3 innings, Duffy has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 2.47 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 98 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at home against Minnesota.

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Justin Ruggiano dealing with a groin injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is dealing with groin soreness, according to MLB.com.

Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday, and spent Thursday putting in extra work with team trainers. Manager Rick Renteria said Ruggiano was doing better Thursday. Ruggiano is hitting .291/.357/.442 over 165 at-bats. 

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Report: Rival teams showing interest in Justin Masterson
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Indians have been contacted by rival clubs interested in pitcher Justin Masterson before the July 31 trade deadline, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Masterson has been on the disabled list since July 8 because of right knee soreness. He went 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts before the injury. He will make his second minor-league rehab start Friday at Triple-A Columbus.

"We told him to get after it. We think that would be good for him. Just to get after it, let it fly and see how far he could carry that into the game," manager Terry Francona said.

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J.D. Martinez late scratch with quad soreness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was a late scratch Thursday night against the Angels because of quad soreness. He has missed back-to-back games because of the ailment. He is hitting .327 with 13 homers and 44 RBI in 208 at-bats. Martinez's status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Angels.

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Phil Hughes dealing with shin contussion
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes has been diagnosed with a right shin contusion, and has been listed as day to day moving forward, FOX Sports North reports.

Hughes was forced out of Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg in the fourth inning. He allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out four over three innings of work before the injury. His status remains uncertain for Wednesday's start at Kansas City.

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Jason Vargas to throw simulated game Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Jason Vargas threw a side session on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday, as he continues to work his way back from an appendectomy, MLB.com reports Thursday. Vargas has been sidelined since July 8. He is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 82:29 K:BB ratio in 125 innings.

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Phil Hughes exits start after taking a liner off the leg
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes was forced out of Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg. Hughes walked off the field in obvious pain with manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson. He was replaced by Samuel Deduno in the top of the fourth inning.

Hughes allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out four over three innings of work before the injury. He owns a 4.03 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 21 starts (131 2/3 innings). He now remains uncertain for his next start, Wednesday at Kansas City.

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Ruben Tejada expected to return Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is expected to return to the starting lineup Friday, according to ESPN.

Tejada was hit in the head by a pitch during Wednesday's game, and sat out Thursday. The injury is not considered serious, and manager Terry Collins was just trying to be cautious with his shortstop. "We thought we’d give him one more day just as a precaution," Collins said. "He feels great. Said he could play, but we’ll just give him today and get him back in there tomorrow."

Tejada is hitting .235 over 260 at-bats. 

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Angel Pagan could return soon
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan could return soon, according to the Mercury News.

Pagan is attempting to come back from a back injury. He may be able to return for the club's next road trip, according to manager Bruce Bochy. The team's next road trip begins August 1. Pagan was hitting .307/.356/.411 over 241 at-bats prior to the injury. 

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Ehire Adrianza to be placed on the disabled list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza should be placed on the disabled list Friday, according to the Mercury News.

Adrianza reinjured his hamstring during Thursday's game. Manager Bruce Bochy said he expects Adrianza to be placed on the disabled list Friday. Adrianza is hitting .234 in 94 at-bats. 

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